Previously we made a 23-man squad of players from countries that didn’t qualify for the Euros. Now here’s our look at the best players who have been knocked out of the Champions League.
Mandatory 3 goalkeepers.
André Onana (Ajax)
Ajax conceded the least amount of goals of teams not progressing to the last 16 with Onana in net.
Samir Handanović (Inter)
In 6 games; 9 goals conceded, 2 clean sheets, the 2nd best record of keepers who won’t be in the last 16.
Andriy Pyatov (Shaktar Donetsk)
Shakhtar’s 3rd most capped player of all time.
A lot of experience.
Vedran Ćorluka (Lokomotiv Moscow)
One of Croatia’s most capped players, the center-back retired from international football after the 2018 World Cup.
Milan Škriniar (Inter)
A commanding presence who can step into midfield.
Daley Blind (Ajax)
Reliable at left-back or in the middle.
Miha Blažič (Ferencváros)
414 passes completed, the highest amount of a player for any team to not progress.
Achraf Hakimi (Inter)
Originally a winger, Hakimi can play as a right or left fullback. Buckets of pace and a great passer.
Stefan de Vrij (Inter)
Played all 6 games for Inter, useful defender.
Nicolás Tagliafico (Ajax)
A left back with stamina to spare. The Argentine has been linked with big moves in recent years.
(We had included Dominik Szoboszlai who played for RB Salzburg, but he has since signed for RB Leipzig and will be eligible to play in the knockout rounds.)
Eduardo Camavinga (Stade Rennais)
The most exciting teenage midfielder in world football. Only 18, already an all around midfielder.
Hans Vanaken (Club Brugge)
Highest distance covered of players from teams that didn’t progress. Also scored 3 goals.
Bruno Fernandes (Manchester United)
Similarly to De Gea in years gone, the red side of Manchester would be struggling greatly without Fernandes. Excellent playmaker who can start and finish a move.
Ryan Gravenberch (Ajax)
The 18 year-old got his first UCL goal this season.
Nicolò Barella (Inter)
Box-to-Box midfielder who is already a leader at such a young age.
Zlatko Junuzović (RB Salzburg)
Marcelo Brozović (Inter)
Does the deep-lying play-maker role well.
Anton Miranchuk (Lokomotiv Moscow)
Scored 3 goals for Lokomotiv, including the equalizer against Atleti and one against Bayern Munich.
İrfan Can Kahveci (İstanbul Başakşehir)
Scored 3 goals from outside the area, the most of anybody in the group stage.
Plenty of goals up front.
Dušan Tadić (Ajax)
3 Assists in the group stage, the experienced forward can play on the wing or in the middle.
Marcus Rashford (Manchester United)
Joint top-scorer of the tournament so far with 6.
Romelu Lukaku (Inter)
2nd top scorer of teams that haven’t progressed with 4 goals.
Franck Boli (Ferencváros)
2 goals in 77 minutes, both coming in the 90th minutes of the respective games.